California Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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Updated February 24, 2021

A standard California residential lease agreement is a fixed-term contract (start and end date) between a landlord and tenant for the renting of property. The process usually begins with the tenant viewing the property and completing a rental application (which may require a fee). Afterward, the landlord will decide to approve or reject the tenant. If approved, the tenant will pay a security deposit and 1st month’s rent at the time of lease signing.

LawsHiring of Real Property (CIV 1940 – 1954.06), AB-1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019

Guide – Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities (PDF)